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Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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    Can you get breast cancer if you have breast implants?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Yes, but having implants makes it more difficult to detect lumps when performing a self-exam.

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    • Sheryl Love Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yes. I was diagnosed October 26th with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My surgery is November 28th. Plan A right now is a lumpectomy and radiation and estrogen therapy. I had breast augmentation in 2008.

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    My mouth, tongue and throat are too sore and blistered for me to eat any food or even swallow water without it being agony. Is there a morphine mouth spray I could get from the hospital to relieve the pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I. Am so sorry you are in that much pain. Please contact your doctor as soon as possible. There are rinses that can help. Take care and hang in there, Sharon

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    • Mary G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      So sorry you are having such discomfort. On top of everything else this is just rotten. I rinsed my mouth 3 times a day or after every meal I ate with a water/baking soda and salt mixture and it really helped to keep mouth sores at bay. Definitely get an RX from your Doc so you can get some...

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      So sorry you are having such discomfort. On top of everything else this is just rotten. I rinsed my mouth 3 times a day or after every meal I ate with a water/baking soda and salt mixture and it really helped to keep mouth sores at bay. Definitely get an RX from your Doc so you can get some nutrition down. It's hard to think this now but it will get better. Stay strong.

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    My mother's breast cancer recurred and is now stage 4. We are both positive for the BRCA2 mutation. I also had breast cancer in 2010. Does my mother's cancer recurrence mean my cancer will come back, too? We were both stage 1 when we were diagnosed.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    over 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That is very unfortunate news and I am sorry to hear it. I don't think it means that your cancer will return but I think it might be an idea to talk to your doctor about the options to help reduce the chance of it reoccurring. It might be an idea to consider a bi lateral mastectomy if you...

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      That is very unfortunate news and I am sorry to hear it. I don't think it means that your cancer will return but I think it might be an idea to talk to your doctor about the options to help reduce the chance of it reoccurring. It might be an idea to consider a bi lateral mastectomy if you haven't already. I have stage 2 IDC and don't have the gene but still chose to have a bilateral for my own peace of mind.

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    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mary, Sorry to hear of the reoccurrence. I never had the test for BRCA2 but I went through 5 years of watching and waiting. The mental roller coaster I was on was more stressful than deciding and having a bi lateral mastectomy. Making that decision literally and physically lifted a big weight off...

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      Mary, Sorry to hear of the reoccurrence. I never had the test for BRCA2 but I went through 5 years of watching and waiting. The mental roller coaster I was on was more stressful than deciding and having a bi lateral mastectomy. Making that decision literally and physically lifted a big weight off of my shoulders. I had Stage I triple negative breast cancer which is a very aggressive type. Having the mastectomy was the best decision I ever made and I don't regret it at all. I'm sure you are younger than I was when diagnosed but who wants that hanging over your head. When you make the decision, and it has to be yours, you'll know it was the light one. Blessing and prayers for your family.

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